Iceland!

I just got back from the most amazing trip ever and I’m still oozing with travel vibes and feeling wanderlusty from my time abroad. Since this event in Seattle nearly four years ago Iceland has fascinated me, but I’d really been wanting to go since I saw ‘D2: The Mighty Ducks’ in the theater in the early ’90s. (Yeah, yeah; keep laughing. If you’re of my generation you know you saw it and you loved it.) And before anyone asks, no I did not run into Björk or Sigur Rós, though I certainly had my eye out for them. There are only 320,000 people in all of Iceland, so I figured there was a chance…?

Anyway, it truly was a trip of a lifetime and I was certainly not ready when it was time to leave. Beautiful landscapes, great food, and by far the warmest, friendliest people in a cold and (mostly) dreary climate. But it’s the fashion and design that really drew me in to begin with, and I saw no shortage of eye-catching design and style. From traditional to modern, Iceland has it all and I’ve got pictures to prove it!

ice13Traditional Icelandic wool sweaters. These were hand-knitted by the local women
of a small town outside of Reykjavik. The pattern around the neckline is unique to Iceland
and is what is found in the handmade knitwear there.

ice1Handmade jewelry in downtown Reykjavik.
Silver and lava beads are common materials used in Icelandic jewelry.

ice3Less ‘traditional’ and more ‘necessary’, Iceland has no shortage of winter gear.

ice4Even the winter weather necessities are stylish! These Hunters were particularly captivating.

ice8Iceland does NOT do boring hosiery. All tights and leggings I saw
were in cool patterns and bright colors: right up my alley!

ice10I was so completely taken with these fish skin boots. The copper ones were calling my name, but my credit card was huffing and puffing already so I had to say no. Tragic.

ice14These wooden beads were used in necklaces and bracelets that I saw in several boutiques
and Icelandic design shops. I was in love with the color schemes and overall look.

ice5I wanted everything in this display.

I cannot recommend Iceland enough for a travel destination. This trip was everything I’d hoped for and so much more: please get in touch if you’d like more specific tips on day tours, lodging, getting around, etc. as I’m more than happy to share what I’ve learned! If it’s the shopping you’re after, here’s a list of where some of the above goodies (and more!) can be found in Reykjavik…

  • 66° North: Icelandic outerwear company. Very warm and practical gear that’s still very style-conscious.
  • Along those same lines, Cintamani is another outerwear shop that boasts a variety of durable, practical outerwear that’s also very cutting-edge. Bold colors and Nordic design.
  • Geysir is the shop that the last photo above is from. Super stylish clothes for men and women (though not cheap by any stretch).
  • Local Reykjavik jewelry maker Orri Finn had pieces in a few shops in town as well as a small workshop where the pieces are made.
  • A local Icelander informed me via Instagram that “every Icelandic woman owns a pair of these shoes”, referring to the Kron brand. Some seriously rad stuff going on here.
  • I scored an amazing handmade wool scarf at Kiosk, a small designer collective in Reykjavik. This shop has consistently been voted as the best place to score locally-made fashion by Reykjavik’s alternative newspaper for several years now, and for good reason.
  • Looking for some hip stuff for your house? Epal has got some super cool stuff for your kitchen, living area, bedroom and beyond. Trust me, if money were no object I’d have bought everything they had. Serious home goals.

Have I convinced you to visit Iceland yet? The fashion and design is just a part of what makes this country so amazing: the volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, geothermal hot springs and geysers make Iceland worth the trip alone. And did I mention that the candy? (I may have returned to the U.S. with a bounty of Nordic treats. Like, 10 pounds worth. I’m still shocked that I was let back through customs with all that sugar.) I always say that I like spending money on two things, travel and fashion, and this trip combined the best of both worlds for me. I can’t wait for my next big trip, though who knows where or when that will be. Time to start saving and planning!

Where are you going on your next vacation?

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